Mind + Muscle

technical minds + legal muscle

Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox
Named 2013, 2014, 2015 "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property








Named to the WTR 1000 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 - The World's Leading Trademark Professionals
Monica Riva Talley

Mind + Muscle

Monica Riva Talley



Monica Talley heads Sterne Kessler's Trademark, Advertising, and Anti-Counterfeiting Practice.  For more than 18 years she has specialized in strategic trademark counseling and portfolio management, developing anti-counterfeiting solutions and strategies, and trademark enforcement. 

Ranked as one of the leading trademark prosecution and strategy attorneys in Washington, DC, Ms. Talley is particularly noted for her global brand protection and commercialization strategies, and is lauded by clients for utilizing “her broad IP savvy to procure fantastic short and long-term results” (World Trademark Review 1000, 2012-2015).

Ms. Talley also has significant expertise in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  She handles a wide range of Internet trademark and domain name disputes; files arbitration complaints under ICANN’s Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy; negotiates resolutions to disputes; drafts advantageous settlement and coexistence agreements; and is skilled at negotiating and drafting license agreements.  Sterne Kessler is an Official Agent for the newly-established Trademark Clearinghouse, and Ms. Talley assists brand owners with navigating the changing landscape of ICANN's new gTLD system. 

Having worked in advertising and marketing prior to her entry into the field of law, Ms. Talley is particularly known for providing clients with creative and practical solutions that work within both business and legal parameters. In addition to being sought after for her business acumen, Ms. Talley is well-known for her ability to foster strong, mutually rewarding client relationships. 

Ms. Talley serves a broad base of international clients in the consumer products, apparel, food and beverage, manufacturing, telecom, music, biotechnology, information technology, media, and entertainment fields.  She also represents numerous associations and non-profits, and works with clients in registering and enforcing certification marks. 

Ms. Talley frequently speaks and writes on trademark issues to a variety of public and private audiences.  She has been active for many years in leading intellectual property organizations, including the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association (IPO).  She serves on IPO's Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Committee, and INTA's Geographical Indications Sub-Committee, and served as an editor for The Trademark Reporter for four years.  While attending law school, Ms. Talley worked as a trademark attorney assistant at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Admissions
      • District of Columbia

      • Virginia

      • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

      • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

      • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

      • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

      • Supreme Court of Virginia

  • Education
    • J.D., George Mason University Dean's Scholar

    • B.S.B.A., Marketing and Management, University of Richmond


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